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New Orleans Craft Beer Guide

Your 2020 New Orleans Beer Guide

New Orleans Craft Beer Guide

New Orleans Breweries, Craft Beer Stores, & Bars

By The NOLA Brew Bus Team
Last Updated: March 3, 2020

  1. Intro

  2. New Orleans Breweries

  3. Where to Purchase Craft Beer

  4. The Best Craft Beer Bars


New Orleans, once a place with year-old IPAs collecting dust, is slowly turning into the next American craft beer city in need of a local guide.

Consider, early 2015 the entire state of Louisiana was home to only 17 breweries. A small number compared to visiting any major American craft beer destination city.

Some could argue with so many breweries oversaturating the market, finding a decent craft brew on vacation or checking out the latest release can become overwhelming. But down in the Big Easy, New Orleans brews a new drinking culture for all locals and visitors to taste.

As the locals know, and any frequent visitor may discover, a whole other world exists beyond Bourbon and Canal Streets.

Adventuring into other New Orleans neighborhoods explores diverse atmospheres, energetic vibes, local seasonal favorites and refreshing experiences at some of our newest breweries.

While everyone else has enjoyed drinking fresh IPAs since 2011, New Orleans finally decided to make a move—the 6-month window from December 2016 to May 2017 brought New Orleans 5 new breweries.
Now, several years after the American craft beer boom, more locals and tourists are diving into the craft beer scene.

As craft beer lovers, we know it can be daunting if you are a local and new to craft beer or you are visiting an unfamiliar city and trying to leave with the best goodies.

Among other questions, you’ve got a lot to consider:

What local breweries are in the city?
Where can I purchase craft beer?
What are the best craft beer bars in the city?
Without further ado, let’s see what’s happening in our craft beer scene:

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11am to 11pm Daily
Free Tours every Friday from 2-3pm. Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm.

Kid Friendly: Allowed with parents
Dog Friendly: Yes

Pick Any 2 Beers: Any Sour on the menu (frequently rotates) & Hoppyright Infringement Double IPA or the latest monthly small batch IPA

NOLA (New Orleans Lager & Ale) Brewing, the o.G. craft brewers of the Big Easy, opened in 2008 and held a monopoly on the beer scene until 2014 when we finally relaxed Brewer regulations thus curating our current craft beer boom 5 years later than the rest of America.

Let’s talk about IPAs first because they’re brewing some incredible ones. Hoppyright Infringement, Spud Heavy, Moon Shoes (ranked top 50 IPA in America by Paste Magazine), Flippy Floppy, No Strings Attached are just many of a continuous once per month-ish release of hazy goodness.

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If you don’t like IPAs, then the NOLA Blonde with multiple variant options is a great starter beer that has been since on many Parade routes for over a decade. The university sponsored, Tulane Green Wave, is a Kristalweizen that our tours love. 7th Street Wheat is one of the best tasting Wheat beer in the city, and it’s a flagship so you’ll see it in stores and bars everywhere in the Big Easy.

The real fun part though is NOLA Brewing dove head first into the Big Easy beer culture by curating a unique music/beer combination unlike any brewery in the country. These guys bring in headlining acts to the brewery.

The types of world-class musicians you see at festivals or famous music venues like Tipitina’s. They have single-handedly created an underground music and brewery scene.

Did we even mention the sours yet? If sours make you happy, then NOLA has to be on your Big Easy bucket list. They’ve brewed more than 100 sours since the inception of their sour only team, the NOLA Funk Series.

All their sours have aged a minimum of 9 months. One sour, the Bienville TricentenniAle was aged for 3 years to celebrate New Orleans 300th Birthday. Also, most of the brewery’s monthly-ish parties contain at least one amazing new sour, and they’re always headed to the cellar to re-release older ones. Our favorites are the PIety and Curved Space Thyme.

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A two-story taproom means it rarely feels overcrowded, and don’t worry about a food base because McClure’s slow-cooked meats will surely satisfy your needs. Pro-tip: order the BBQ Poutine with Brisket & Wisconsin cheese curds.

Hands down, a must-see place on your list if you’re looking for craft beer and fun. If you’re visiting during a lucky weekend, you may even catch an awesome live show. PS – be sure to check out the brand-new game room in the back of the brewery.

NOLA Brewing is one of the breweries we frequent on our Brew Bus Tours!

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Monday: 12pm– 9pm
Tuesday: 12pm– 9pm
Wednesday: 12pm– 9pm
Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday: 11am– 10p m
Sunday: 11am– 9pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Holy Roller IPA & any Gose (our favorite is Cucumber Lime!)

Urban South Brewery was manifested in March 2016. Since then, they’ve seen a meteoric rise in popularity. The Uptown brewery has already established themselves as a top tier brewery as evident by their production volume outpacing the competition: year 3 churned more than 10,000 barrels, an impressive feat. Year 4 they anticipate brewing 15,000+.

In addition, they have recently announced an expansion in the Houston TX market with their second location.

Of course, the beer itself is amazing. Holy Roller IPA 2.0 was one of the recipes that created the NOLA IPA Haze Craze. You’ll find this delicious well balanced yet juicy IPA all over New Orleans bars & taplines.

Most of their IPAs are East Coast focused and receive high praise from local craft aficionados including a few same-day sellouts like the popular Snoball Juice IPA.

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Not only IPAs but Gose beers have also been a huge hit as they have made several variations including the Lime Cucumber Gose, Blueberry Lemon Gose, Pink Lemonade Gose, Strawberry Lime Margarita Gose, and more. Folks have been purchasing these beers by the case. It’s the perfect beer during our hot summer months.

Even during our mild winters, they’ll brew plenty of delicious Stouts such as their Ca Phe Vietnamese Stout & Ya Basic, the Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout & their Espresso Stout. They’ve brewed several pastry stouts.

One stout NOLA Brew Bus was able to collaborate with was the Maple Nutella Stout which released in January 2020. It was delicious!

If you’re looking for light beers, we recommend the Paradise Park Lager as our go-to choice during our tours. The Paradise Park Lager can be found in 15-packs at your local grocer as it’s the #1 volume producer for Urban South. Hey, we like to drink all-day in NOLA, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

The space itself is an old 19th-century manufacturing warehouse with tens of thousands of square feet thus allowing big crowds without feeling overpacked. They also have a ton of brewery games.

You’ve got cornhole, arcade games like basketball, Street Fighter, Pac-Man and you can even expect a bounce house on select weekend mornings & afternoons for the kiddos. Urban South is very much a kid-friendly and dog-friendly atmosphere.

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Finally, if you want to pair food with your breweries, stay in tune with Urban South’s facebook page is they post their food truck and pop-up lineup weekly. Of course, every local knows about crawfish Thursday’s during season with Gulf Coast Crawfish (January to June).

Overall, if you’re a beer lover or just looking to learn more about beer, then Urban South is for you.

Urban South is one of the breweries we frequent on our Brew Bus Tours!

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Monday/Tuesday: 4pm – 9pm
Wednesday/Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers:  Yeah U Ripe Sour Wheat Ale and Queen of New England IPA

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New Orleans’ first brewery in Mid-City opened in 2014, where you will predominately find locals only with really good beer. Second Line is derived from the New Orleans tradition of second line parades.

These parades can trace their origins to jazz funeral customs that began over 100 years ago. The second line parade tradition has grown over the years – now they are held to bring joy to almost any occasion.

Regardless of the event, second line parades remain an unbridled expression of fun and celebration that is uniquely New Orleans.

Back to the beer, Mark & Karen Logan, husband & wife are Co-Owners of the Brewery, and they uniquely craft many styles of beer in Mid-City’s only brewery.

Their outdoor beer garden is comfortable and feels like home. You’ll routinely see food trucks and pop-ups for all your hunger needs. Second Line also distributes all across New Orleans, so be sure to look for their cool branding at your local grocer.

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Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Tour Daily: To-Go Cup Tour

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Taps rotate very frequently, any East Coast IPA or Sour (I Am a Donut is our favorite)

Robert Bostik, owner of Brieux Carre, just wanted to bring the love he has for New Orleans & Craft Beer into one spot.

Brieux Carre is the Marigny’s first and only brewery which opened in March 2017 with great success. Just a half-block off the famous Frenchmen Street, Robert’s brewery was named one of the top 50 (out of 996 breweries) that opened their doors in 2017.

High praise for a brewery who has made the most out if its 1,500 square feet.

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Locals and tourists alike flock to the brewery for weekly events in the quaint courtyard or to grab a craft beer before one of the thousands of live music shows offered 7 nights a week just around the block.

With the opening of Brieux Carre, many nearby Frenchmen Street businesses have taken a similar path. Now, clubs like 30/90, Maison and more offer local beer for everyone’s palate.

As far as the beer is concerned, the folks at Brieux Carre have you covered from every angle.

For starters, they creatively name all their beers before brewing. Our favorites are IPA’int Mad At Cha. Yes, that’s a clever 2Pac reference. The raspberry sour, My Tart Will Go On, was inspired by Celine Dion. The Brieux Carre team loves 90’s pop ballads.

That’s a lot of creativity since they brewed more than 65 beers in Year 1 alone. You can find anything from sours (utilizing a small 1-barrel fermenter), ambers, ESBs, Porters, Stouts, BA Stouts, IPAs, and more.

Many of their own beers are more high gravity (higher ABV) than your typical brewery. For example, Brieux Carre’s amber beer, Krewe du Brieux, clocks in at a healthy 6.6%.

Of course, it would not be a brewery experience without mention of craft beer’s #1 selling category: IPAs. The IPAs are killer at Brieux Carre. They make them all… Hazy, West Coast, and Brut IPAs.

They’ve made many great ones including Trust Me It’s Worth the Parking, The Girl From NEIPA Neima, Dad Jokes, Mom’s Pants, Costumes Encouraged, among many others.

If you love beer or want to try a few locally made brews before partying on Frenchmen St., then Brieux Carre is the spot for you. Robert is always pouring beers on Saturday afternoons so swing in and say hello.

Brieux Carre is one of the breweries we frequent on our Brew Bus Tours!

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11am to 11pm, 7-days a week

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Taps rotate very frequently, Preach! IIPA and Baby IPA (session)

Courtyard Brewery is unique among New Orleans breweries, as they are a brewpub and can serve other beers as well as their own. Courtyard specializes in IPAs, try one, they are all good.

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Monday – Thursday: 2 pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am — 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Miel never brews the same beer twice but we love their Gose and NEIPAs

After a couple of years of planning and permitting, Miel Brewing opened their doors to the much-anticipated Irish Channel Neighborhood in October of 2018. Cicerone Certified Alex P along with co-owner and fiancee Janice are already brewing great beer right from the start.

Alex brewed in the past with heavy hitters Harpoon & Abita, so he has great experience on a massive scale. He was also in charge of Abita’s Pilot Brewing program which allowed him to learn on a small-batch scale. This is exactly how Miel setup their brewery.

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The first few beers on tap have been hits with locals and tourists. One of our favorite was the Hellaweizen which had distinct Banana notes—the perfect Hefeweizen. We also loved the Belgian Dubbel with hops added to cut into the traditional sweetness a bit. This beer clocks in at 7.3% and tastes super smooth and delicious.

With 12 taps, the plan is for them to brew new styles & different brews every month meaning the taplist will be changing constantly. IPAs, Stouts, Pilsners, Belgians, and more.

If there’s a category in beer, then chances are it will eventually be brewed at Miel.

Alex is also experimenting with styles that don’t necessarily fit into a specific box such as the Hella Hoppy which was 2 lbs of hops per barrel added into the fermenter of their Hefeweizen. We don’t know the category of that beer but just know it’s delicious.

Candy beer is also a thing with Miel as they brewed up 3 cream ale with several pounds of candy thrown into the fermenter. OCTO-1 with blueberry sour straws was our favorite although the AK41 was not far behind.

The space itself has a huge outdoor beer garden with a ping pong table, Jenga, cornhole, and other brewery game favorites. They also have a Nintendo 64 setup on a flat screen TV along with 2 other TVs to show any big sports games.

The outdoor beer garden has ample seating for groups along with an awning to hang outside during bad weather. We would be remiss not to mention the disco ball as well.

Surrounded by shotgun houses abound, locals have already turned to Miel as their new favorite watering hole. Our customers love the vibe & the brews of Miel Brewing.

Miel Brewery is one of the breweries we frequent on our Brew Bus Tours!

Gnarly Barley is a Hammond-based brewery just an hour northwest of New Orleans.

The Gnarly team has been around since 2014, and they are now consistently putting out some of the best beer in Louisiana. Their beer release parties have lines out the door and they have revamped some of their original beers with new recipes, truly enhancing their game.

Jucifer IPA is one of the best hazy IPAs in the state.

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Monday: 12pm – 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Beers change constantly but pick any sour or German Pilsner

Parleaux Beer Lab is a taphouse and microbrewery located in the friendly Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans, run by husband/wife Eric & Leah Jensen. The Bywater’s first brewery is committed to crafted high quality, small batch locally produced beers in a welcoming space for all walks of NOLA life.

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Eric is also the head brewer, and he kills it with German Pilsners & Sours among a variety of other styles. The 8,000 square foot Beer Garden was an awesome addition to the Bywater neighborhood in 2017.

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Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday: 11am – 7pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Dixie Light & Voodoo Queen Hazy IPA

Dixie Beer for almost a century was a loved local New Orleans brewed beer. Local natives have their nostalgic memories drinking Dixie Beer on long hot summer nights.

But, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina knocked out the city’s infrastructure. Upon returning to the scene, Dixie management learned that looters stole all their equipment forcing the brewery to contract out the brewing process outside the state, after 97 years in New Orleans.

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Fast forward to 2017, Dixie Beer once again hit the craft beer market in the Big Easy. New Orleans craft beer lovers felt a tad slighted with Dixie Beer’s strong marketing efforts, portraying themselves as a New Orleans local beer when actually brewed in Memphis, TN.

However, New Orleans Saints’ Owner and Philanthropist, Gayle Benson, squashed the haters and announced in August 2018 she and her team will transform the former 97-year old New Orleans brewery into a brand new multi-million dollar facility in New Orleans East.

Expectations are set to revitalize the area.

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Dixie is brewing close to 10,000 barrels annually via its current distribution network. So, right off the bat, Dixie is one of the largest breweries in New Orleans.

They have the ability to brew up to 100,000 barrels with their current brew equipment, and they already have distribution contracts in 22 states.

Secondly, Dixie is now a new destination for New Orleans East for both locals and tourists alike. The outside lawn and biergarden has space for families and larger groups to congregate and relax.

The inside tasting room, snack bar, and Dixie history exhibits will have ample space for private events, brewmaster curated tastings other pre-programmed events.

The brewery occupies over 85,000 square feet of the old McFrugal warehouse – with another 180,000 square feet available for lease immediately next to Dixie.

Fete au Fete has an awesome in-house kitchen as well for all your Louisiana Creole food needs. Pro-Tip: order their famous Crawfish Poutine.

Dixie has brought the magick back to New Orleans, and they should definitely be on your brewery bucket list.

Dixie Beer is one of the breweries we frequent on our Brew Bus Tours!

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 4pm – 9pm
Wednesday: 4pm – 9pm
Thursday: 4pm – 9pm
Friday: 1pm – 10pm
Saturday: 1pm – 10pm
Sunday: Closed

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes

Broad St. Cider & Ale is New Orleans first Cidery! Owners John & Diana said “From England to France and New Zealand to Australia, we found that cider elsewhere is typically dry, not sweet, and we instantly became fans. We love drinking cider and beer in bars and taprooms and talking about craft beverages with everyone. This is why we created Broad Street Cider & Ale.”

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7 Days a Week: 11am – 10pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes

Pick Any 2 Beers: Gleason IPA and Dorado Mexican Lager

Opened in May of 2017, Port Orleans is one of the newer breweries in New Orleans. Home to Managing Partner and former 12-year Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saint, Zach Strief.

Zach and other Partners of the business went all-out, building the most modern brewery in the city right alo

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On to the beer: Port Orleans focused its first year on manifesting the best lager and light ales utilizing technology such as horizontal brite tanks.

Keep in mind folks, it’s H-O-T in New Orleans, and drinking barrel-aged stouts just isn’t appealing 6 months of the year. Also, at one point before our craft beer boom, 95% of our city drank only light ales and lagers.

After dialing in their light recipes, they now have a beer for everyone on the menu. Gosé beers, East Coast IPAs, West Coast IPAs, Stout Series, Barrel-aged beers, and more.

Our favorite flagship is the Gleason IPA, an East Coast goodie clocking in a 5.8%. This local favorite is made to benefit former Saint Steve Gleason and his courageous battle with ALS. Proceeds go towards his charity, Team Gleason.

We love this beer because it drinks like an IPA but goes down easy.

East Coast vs West Coast IPA – What’s the difference?

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Plus, New Orleanians like to drink all day, and those 8% IPAs don’t work when you open your first beer in the morning.

Our favorite stout is the seasonal Coffee Break, 6.3% ABV made with a local popular coffee roaster, French Truck Coffee. Raspberry & Mocha variants are also seen on Tap for this winter seasonal.

Don’t forget to come hungry as Port Orleans in-house kitchen serves delicious grub 7 days a week. Grab the Chicken Nachos or the Spent Grain Pretzel.

Besides great food and beer, the outdoor beer garden is really on point. The actual outdoor garden itself has a rotating series of Beer Olympics including multiple dart boards and cornhole boards, picnic tables, ping pong, and more.

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For sports games, there’s not a bad seat in the taproom with multiple flat screens scattered across the brewery. Our private parties and public tour guests absolutely have a blast here, and we’d highly recommend it as well.

Port Orleans is one of the breweries we frequent on our Brew Bus Tours!

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Saturday and Sunday: 11 – 7pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Outside

Royal Brewery is the first brewery in New Orleans East, though they are soon to be joined by the new Dixie Brewing location.

Check out the interview we did with Co-Owners and Husband/Wife Raymond and Mandy Pumilia.

Royal’s Termite Loger is their most popular beer and their homemade ginger ale is phenomenal (though alcohol-free). Royal frequently hosts live-music and various events, check out our beer events calendar here!

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Monday through Friday: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 11pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes

Zony Mash Beer Project opened its doors to the New Orleans public in October 2019. Located in the old Wayward Owl Brewing, this eclectic building has the perfect brewery setup. Mitch G is the genius behind the brews.

Mitch is well known in the NOLA Beer Community as his homebrews have won multiple awards at the city’s largest annual beer Festival, NOLA on Tap.

Zony came out the gates swinging with 15 beers already on tap. Expect weekly specialty releases as well as part of their barrel-program. A great addition to the New Orleans beer scene!

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3pm – 11pm
Thursday: 3pm – 11pm
Friday: 3pm to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 11pm

Dog Friendly: Yes

All Relation Brewing was the second brewery to open its doors in New Orleans Central City neighboorhood in November 2019.

We know this brewery will be making fire beers based on the owners, Quinby Chunn who founded Southern Prohibition in Mississippi and Bobby Bendily a former brewer at Other Half Brewing.

Each of those breweries are well known as the best in each respective state with Other Half considered one of the best in the country.

They opened very quietly but look for them to make a big splash to the New Orleans beer scene.

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Not open to the public yet, distribution only

Cajun Fire Brewing Company, while not officially open in New Orleans, now has beer available for purchase in local grocers thanks to their recipes being contract brewed then distributed by Southern Eagle.

Cajun Fire Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated craft beer manufacturer based out of New Orleans, Louisiana and happens to be the 5th African-American owned brewing company in the Nation’s history.

Since inception in 2011, Cajun Fire has garnered a cult following for its unique flavor profiles which pay homage to the rich cultural ties of Cajun, Creole, Houma Indian, and African diaspora which can be found in Acadian region of Southeast Louisiana.

Cajun Fire is regarded as a catalytic business and to date has raised more than $500,000 for local philanthropies. A percentage of proceeds go towards preserving cultural traditions and funding affiliated non-profits.”

We are excited to see Cajun Fire join the likes of Royal Brewery and Dixie Brewing out in New Orleans East!

Popular Louisiana Breweries Outside Nola

Monday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday: 10am – 7pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Pick Any 2 Beers: Bourbon Street Coffee Stout & Hop On Hazy Pale Ale

Abita Brewing, founded in 1986, is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. By 1994, they outgrew the original site and moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand.

Today Abita is the largest brewery in Louisiana and in the top-25 in the nation. They can be found at bars nationwide and even internationally.

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Parish is worth of a mention as they are one of the best breweries in the country. Nestled 2.5 hours west of New Orleans in Broussard, LA, you can find Parish almost anywhere in Orleans Parish (better known as county to the rest of the US).

Parish Envie is widely available and a must try American Pale Ale–truly one of the best in the country. Ghost in the Machine is also considered an elite double IPA by craft beer standards and can be found in almost any New Orleans grocery store.

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Great Raft is a Shreveport, Louisiana-based craft brewery dedicated to making creative, authentic beer and helping to build a great beer culture within communities it serves.

These guys put out some of the best beers in the state. Be on the lookout for their local New Orleans presence.

Their mission strives to develop fresh craft beer that complements the lifestyles and cultures of Louisiana. Their beer is complex, inspired, bold and plentiful, providing customers with a beer experience unlike any other. Southern people enjoy spicy, flavorful food and Great Raft beer not only stands up to the bold culinary flavors, but also complements one’s tasting palate.

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Gnarly Barley is a Hammond-based brewery just an hour northwest of New Orleans.

The Gnarly team has been around since 2014, and they are now consistently putting out some of the best beer in Louisiana. Their beer release parties have lines out the door and they have revamped some of their original beers with new recipes, truly enhancing their game.

Jucifer IPA is one of the best hazy IPAs in the state.

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Where Can I Purchase Craft Beer?

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Now that we have met the breweries, let’s check out our best spots to purchase their beer to take home to your cellar.

Elio’s Wine Warehouse

Located in close proximity to Tulane at 6205 S. Miro St., Elio’s has the easiest, most practical way to mule beer
For those non-beer nerds out there, beer muling is the process of acquiring beer for someone who cannot be at the location of a beer release. Usually that means getting a lot of a special release beer as soon as it comes out and then shipping it off to people around the country.

Let’s be honest, there is a heavy price to pay when it comes to beer muling. Even standing in line for the finest beer can get old fast.

Elios utilizes Facebook & Instagram to inform customers when all the newest arrivals hit the shelf. Not even Grandma knows before Elios’ Instagram.

NOLA Brew Bus believes in the ease of doing business. With information coming at us at lightning speed from every direction, the satisfaction of never stressing to find the best beer ranks Elios at the top.

There are no beer managers to call, no need to reserve a spot on a list, and best yet, no one knows when it’s available until the entire world knows.

Pro-tip: turn on Notifications to find out the moment the beer you’ve been craving hits the shelves. This is especially helpful for any visitors coming to town to avoid the pain of muling.

Elios acquires all the hard to find release beers. And, as a bonus, your small batch bourbons can also be purchased here.

Don’t sleep on the keg selection as it’s also the best in the city with over 30 local, regional, and national favorites to choose from. Even your frat star can enjoy a kegger of Bud Light with a feeling of confidence.


Don’t be fooled by the name Wine Warehouse. Elios delivers the best beer in the most efficient method in New Orleans.

Stein’s Market & Deli

Located Uptown at 2207 Magazine St. For many craaft beer aficionados, this could be an easy pick at number 1.

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Stein’s has been known as the craft beer connoisseur in New Orleans for years now, well before craft beer was popular in any American city, much less New Orleans.Stein’s started the craft beer trend before it was even a trend. They stock all the hard to find releases along with the biggest selections coming in the hard to find room in the back.

In addition to having a killer craft beer collection, you will also find a large selection of cured meats, salamis, and over 50 cheeses from around the world. Don’t sleep on their New York-style bagels either.

Stein’s retail shelves are lined with a variety of specialty goods such as aged balsamic vinegar, oils, rice and pasta, salts, seasonings, loose-leaf teas, and coffee.

Stein’s a great spot to start your day on Magazine St. with a killer sandwich, craft beer, then head your way uptown for more shopping, bars & restaurants on the famous Magazine St.

Want more? Check out all our recommendations.

New Orleans Best Craft Beer Bars

Alright, so you have purchased your #cases to stuff in the suitcase back home or your local refrigerator. Where are the best spots to grab a seat at the bar and drink a fresh clean tapline with your recently purchased local beer?

Considering New Orleans is a city that never sleeps, we felt obligated to put together a list of (24) places you can find craft beer any hour of the day.

Here are some of our favorites:

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Junction NOLA,

3021 St Claude Avenue,  in the heart of the Bywater, is the premier spot for craft beer in this neighborhood. A classic gastropub offering more than 40 beers on tap & a straightforward menu of bar bites, Junction also hosts a variety of craft beer events throughout the year in which we post on our Events page.

Cooter Brown’s

Located on the corner of Carrolton and St. Charles, is one of our favorite spots to catch a sports game. Sit back and enjoy a late night pint as the selection here is easily one of the best in the city. They also stay open until 3AM on weekdays and 4AM on weekends.

Black Penny

Located on the newly well-lit Rampart Street, is home to one of the best craft beer selections in the city. The atmosphere is classic NOLA with original 1800s Spanish architecture standing stronger than ever.

No draft or bottles here, so enjoy all your beer on the go as well in canned format. Black Penny is the starting point to all our French Quarter Walking Tours , one of our favorites where we explore New Orleans while drinking some of the finest craft beer our city has to offer. Our public Brew Bus tours also kick off from the Black Penny!

Freret St. Beer Room

This restaurant/bar pairs the latest in craft beer with an awesome meal to boot.

Wine pairings were the thing a few years ago, and now New Orleans is beginning to join the rest of the country with beer & food pairings. This hot spot which opened in Fall 2016 is a great addition for your craft beer vacationing needs.

Freret Beer Room Part 2 revitalized the menu in Fall 2019 for a fresh change.

Bulldog Uptown or Mid-City

We enjoy both spots equally, with the Uptown location having a sweet outside patio with a cool tap-handle fountain, and the Mid-City location having more seating and a larger space overall. Wednesday night is pint night, which brings a larger crowd, especially to the Uptown location that is located closer to the University students of Loyola and Tulane.

Avenue Pub

The famous craft beer bar is an ideal spot, directly off the St. Charles Streetcar.

The unique part about Avenue Pub is the eclectic crowd that changes dramatically depending on the day and time. Regardless, you will find a beer you love no matter the hour.

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That’s it for your Ultimate New Orleans Beer Guide! Be sure to bookmark this page and come back to stay in tune with all your craft beer needs. Until next time, stay thirsty my friends!